We continue our series taking a look at the players outside the 40-man roster who'll be present at Salt River Fields next month. Here's the second batch of pitchers.
It's a return to Arizona for Mock, who was our third-round draft pick in 2004, but was traded to the Nationals in the middle of the 2006 season, along with Matt Chico, for Livan Hernandez. He reached the majors with them in 2008, and appeared in 55 games (19 starts) over three seasons, going 4-13 with a 5.17 ERA. It was frustrating for a pitcher of whom the Nats' pitching coach Steve McCatty once said, "Other than Strasburg, he probably has the best overall stuff of anybody here.". He missed most of 2010 after neck surgery, and has since spent time with Toronto, Boston and Houston, but has not seen action at the top level with any of those franchises.
Factoid to drop in. Coached Little League in the off-season when with Washington. A bit unconventionally, even once asking the opposing coach to hit Mock's own player.
Started off in the Oakland organization, was released after 2010. Was a submariner in those days, but converted back to throwing the regular way in 2011,.while playing indy ball with the American Association’s Grand Prairie Airhogs . signed by the Diamondbacks in March last year, after a tryout where his fastball was clocked at up to 95 mph. If the baseball thing doesn't work out for Schultz, he may end up still involved in the game - just writing about it rather than playing it, as he is a graduate of the highly-considered Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern. Hey; the SnakePit's always looking for writers...
I completely defer to John B here, who wrote in July: "With all that's going for him, he has a reasonable chance to develop into a pretty good 2 or 3 starter who becomes one those staff anchors that can be counted on to go out and get you 7-8 innings every night and keep his team in the game. There's a lot to be said for pitchers with good command and they generally succeed more than they fail. But if I have to make a prediction right now based on what I've seen, I predict Holmberg will in the 2014 rotation where he might struggle a little at first, but eventually develop into a solid middle of the rotation guy. Whether he develops enough to end up as a 2 or a 4 is anybody's guess."
Factoid to drop in: Had a 34-inning scoreless streak for South Bend in 2011, during which he had a K:BB ratio of 31:1, and allowed only ten hits, holding batters to a .089 average.
Originally a 2001 draft pick by the Orioles, the left-hander at one point stepped away from the game, sitting out the 2005 season entirely, saying, "I was so down in the dumps and involved with a lot of things I shouldn't have been involved in. It was a grind and wasn't any fun. I just had to walk away.". He came back the following year and battled his way to this show; Lewis was a fringe reliever on the edges of the Blue Jays bullpen in 2010 and 2011, appearing in 20 games with a 7.23 ERA. He spent last year playing for the Bridgeport Bluefish in the independent Atlantic League, and made the league's All-Star Game.
Factoid to drop in: Lewis's first name is the same as both his son and his father, who was named after World War II German General Erwin Rommel. "I'm not much of a history buff. I don't know a lot about him except he was a tank guy." he said.